In life there is nothing but beginnings.
– Madame de Staël
Should we think about something that connects all the women who have found themselves considering for the first time the idea of travelling alone, we can’t help but referring to doubt. Sometimes these are pleasant doubts, such as choosing the right destination; in other cases a number of concerns arises, which expose the same idea of leaving to the risk of going down in flames.
Within our Facebook group, a lot of women have shared fears that they have difficulty overcoming, which range from the fear to meet only couples or groups, to face loneliness, to ignore how to organise their days and cope alone with possible “empty” moments, up to the shame of having lunch and dinner alone, and the scare of being vulnerable inasmuch they are lonely women, a dread often arising from others’ concerns. Some of them simply feel themselves “inferior” to those who are more ready to leave and organise solo travels in very faraway places.
We are not all the same, as there are women who have no difficulty imaging themselves travelling alone, there are women instead who, despite having already taken their decision, feel overwhelmed by the fear of realising this desire. Not all of us live the solo travel in the same way and there isn’t only one destination or only one way to start. For example, starting with a week-end in a B&B in Tuscany hasn’t a less deep meaning than a backpacking journey in South America.
So, in order to celebrate this difference in organisation – in a positive sense – between the “work in progress” traveller women, I would like to show you 4 different ways of making a start and leaving for the solo travel you have been dreaming of for a long time.
Method 1: Out-of-town week-end
Organise yourselves to leave for the week-end towards a nearby destination, choose a comfortable B&B offering activities to its guests (there are really plenty of them!) and book for two nights. They are enough for the first time alone. In this way, you may have your privacy, spend time with yourself, but also socialize and live new experiences.
Method 2: Going back to an already visited place
It’s what I did for my May 1st alone. I went back to Portugal, a country I had already visited and loved. Going back to a familiar place where you felt good is an excellent starting point. You will feel comfortable, you won’t have that sensation of bewilderment characterising most travels and you will already know how to move to organise yourselves. I suggest you go back there in a different period than when you went the first time because it’s really awesome to see how places change depending on the season in which you visit them.
You need to go back to the steps already given, to repeat them and trace new paths next to them.
– Josè Saramago
Method 3: Contact an agency
If you don’t feel like organising everything alone, above all if your objective is an overseas travel, contact an online travel agency, which will be able to offer you a tailor-made travel and assure you to be followed step by step, without any intermediaries and with 24/24h support. If your destination is Central or South America, I suggest you contact Tuttaltromondo, an online travel agency founded by three women from Turin who are deeply fond of this part of the world. Their travel offers are varied and adaptable to any needs and all of them have a common denominator: the discovery of Latin America. In addition to the possibility of a tailor-made travel, Tuttaltromondo also gives you the option, even if you are alone, to be integrated into small groups. Relying on this kind of service is a great help to make a start for the first travel, above all if you want to go to a faraway destination, which sometimes is difficult to face, because it allows you to try a solo travel though remaining in a “comfort zone” where you feel at ease and then going out of it for the next travel.
Method 4: The European capital
Europe offers the possibility of travelling freely within its borders and discovering a people and a culture completely different from our own culture – even if you just move few hundred kilometres away. Choosing a European capital makes the travel organisation much effortless because connections are easy to find, both by air and by land. Every city offers various types of accommodation: hostels, B&B, rooms, and flats on Airbnb and, if you don’t have so many days at your disposal, you can ask to be hosted on CouchSurfing and live with a native for some days. Furthermore, if your main fear is to get bored and face “empty” moments, cities offer a number of events, experiences and opportunities with which you can fill up your days from dawn to dusk.
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